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Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Fulton County conference emphasizes gang prevention and targets Gen Y participation

Fulton County conference emphasizes gang prevention and targets Gen Y participation

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- “Don’t Touch the Fire.” That was the warning offered by those who suffered the legal and life-altering consequences of surrendering to peer pressure during a Friday, March 28 Youth Symposium initiated by  Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

The Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth sponsored the symposium along with Caring For Others Inc. The symposium at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency featured those who chose the wrong roads as well as those who are responsible for upholding the law.

Mattie's Call canceled for Craig Strickman-Levitas


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have canceled a Mattie's Call for a 52-year-old man.

Craig Strickman-Levitas, who suffers from bipolar disorder, went missing at around 11 a.m. Thursday at the Whole Foods shopping center on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Strickman-Levitas returned home at around 3 a.m. Friday. He was not hurt.


Massive fire battled at Buckhead home


ATLANTA -- Crews battled a massive fire at a home in Buckhead on Tuesday afternoon.

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The blaze was at a large home on Habersham Road near West Wesley Road. Twenty-six fire trucks were called to the house. Smoke from the fire could be seen all the way in Midtown Atlanta.

According to Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, the flames were so powerful that firefighters weren't sent inside the building. Instead, they fought it from the outside.

Fire officials said that no one was home at the time of the fire. The house was said to be a total loss.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.

Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC completes first closing

Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC completes first closing

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Compass Real Estate Fund III LLC (“Compass Fund III”), the third private equity real estate investment fund formed by Compass Real Estate (“Compass”), had its first closing in December 2013. The closing enables the fund managers to begin deploying capital from this fund immediately.

“We have a proven track record of providing co-investment equity for commercial real estate acquisitions, developments and recapitalizations in major markets throughout the United States,” said Robert (“Bob”) F. Godard, founder and chief executive officer of Compass, and the managing member of Compass Fund III. “Our third fund allows Compass to continue our transition from being a successful sponsor to being a source of capital for other successful sponsors. We look forward to finding the right opportunities for our investment capital and to forming long-term partnerships with great sponsors.”

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

(WXIA) -- Crews will continue working on the usual road projects this weekend -- as long as the weather cooperates.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is also warning drivers of heavier traffic than normal, due to school systems beginning their spring breaks.

"We apologize for the delays, and there will be big delays," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We understand that this is a spring break for some folks, but so are the next three or four weekends."

Weekend work begins at 10 p.m. Friday on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange. Four left lanes of I-85 south from a half-mile north of Clairmont Road to North Druid Hills Road will be closed between midnight and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday.

Pringle said all lanes will reopen Monday at 5 a.m. The closures are due to overhead sign replacements.